noun of place
- (grammar) In Arabic and other Semitic languages, a noun formed from a root and expressing the sense of "place of X".
The Arabic noun of place is most often formed from the root of a verb and means “the place for doing x”, where x is the meaning of the verb. It is typically formed by placing the three consonants of a root in the pattern مَفْعَل (mafʿal): for instance, the tool noun from the root ك ت ب (k-t-b) is مَكْتَب (maktab, “desk”). In the case of مَكْتَب (maktab), the basic (Form I) verb from the root is كَتَبَ (kataba, “to write”), so مَكْتَب (maktab) literally means “place for writing”.